For many people in Rio the only way they could watch the Olympic Games was on the television.
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As the 2016 Rio Olympics comes to a close, it is a good time to remember the beauty of a truly global offline event: the joy of watching the television with family, friends, random strangers or coming together with your countrymen to cheer on your team.
While Olympians competed during the last 17 days, fans around the world gathered in convenience stores, restaurants and lounge rooms and huddled around television screens to watch iconic moments as they were beamed live across the world.
Moments like Usain Bolt celebrating after winning his 100-meter sprint, Simone Biles springing to new heights and the refugee team chasing their Olympic dream made fans around the world stop their daily activities and watch.
Although 7.5 million tickets were sold to the Games, many people in the Brazilian capital watched on small screens in public spaces. According to the Associated Press, 1.4 million residents reside in favelas without access to proper sanitation, health care and security. For many residents, watching the Olympic Games on the TV is their only access to the event.
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